Yarn Profile: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Magna
A super-chunky chainette made entirely of baby alpaca, this gargantuan yarn comes in 10 colors ranging from earthy naturals to gemstone blues and reds—perfect colors to help people identify you in a snowstorm.
With any poofy knitted tube yarn, the first thing you'll need to worry about is snagging. The sharper the tips on your needles, the more easily a stray loop can get caught.
To complicate matters, alpaca isn't renowned for its exceptional elasticity. Snag one of the stitches in the tube and it can easily pull out and create a boucle effect in your fabric. The good news: This only happened to me a few times, and by the time I went back to photograph the loops I couldn't really see them.
This was an incredibly fast, doughy, pleasant knit. Blink and the skein will be gone. I found myself exaggerating my stitch movements to make sure I didn't snag any of the stray fuzz unintentionally.
My stitches were plush, doughy, and perfectly even. I played with ribbing and seed stitch and the results were equally delicious.
Blocking / Washing
Once my swatch dried, however, its pride had puffed right back up as if nothing had happened. There was no change in stitch or row gauge or overall fabric constitution.
From a touch perspective, this yarn is pure, spongy, decadent softness.
Each skein retails for $18.99, making that single-skein cowlette pretty economical. Even with three or four skeins for a mega-cowl, that's still cheaper than what you'd pay for a store-bought cowl of similar materials and craftsmanship. Plus there's the added satisfaction of being able to whip up something new and pretty, mid-winter, to carry you through until the first crocuses appear.
Baby Alpaca Magna
100% baby alpaca
2 stitches per inch (2.5cm) on US 17 (12mm)
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Weight/yardage per skein
100g / 54.5 yards (49m)
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash warm, dry flat. Use only low iron.
Color used in review
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